Poll – Thoughts on Deathly Hallows
I had a lot of fun with my last poll (Scent of the Potions Master) and thought that I would do another one.
The fic I am currently reading was written in the Half-Blood Prince era and the author remarks that she hated Deathly Hallows and was even more determined to finish her fic excellently as a result. I wonder how those of us in the Snape/Hermione ship felt about Deathly Hallows?
I know for me, I was already heavily involved in fanfiction and in the ship before Deathly Hallows came out, and as a result the final book hasn’t really solidified in my head as canon. It felt like just another version or interpretation of the end. I was greatly relieved and vindicated that my ‘crazy’ theory about Snape and Lily turned out to be correct.
Here is the poll! You can select multiple answers.
My thoughts, now that you’ve hopefully taken the poll – at the time I was more or less happy, but now that I’ve had more time to reflect on it, I feel disappointed. I felt like it needed to be severely edited down. They had tons of Horcruxes to hunt down, and JK decided to complicate it with adding Hallows and wands and Dumbledore’s backstory and Peverells and what? That is way too much stuff to cram into one book. Why waste the entire second book on one Horcrux and then cram 5 Horcruxes and 3 Hallows into the final one? It makes no sense, pacing wise. She should have included some of the content in earlier books or written more books. Because she did not, Deathly Hallows felt messy and bloated. I will refrain from complaining about Ron and Hermione because JK has since admitted that it was a mistake. (I seriously believe with the content of Cursed Child that she has recognized the viability of Snape + Hermione, even if she hasn’t said it publicly.) My biggest complaint, though, is the Voldemort defeating mechanism. I would argue that MOST fanfics are able to come up with something more clever than “I disarmed Draco and Draco disarmed the Headmaster so the Elder wand which was just invented in this book responds to me, so I win.” Accidental, convuluted, and underwhelming. My favorite Voldemort defeating mechanism (so far!) is the mother’s magic lulluby from The Lioness Prophecies, so I will head-canon that. 🙂
I am also, selfishly, disappointed that Deathly Hallows revealed Snape’s awesomeness to the rest of the world, because he gained a bunch of new fans who only like him because of his love for Lily. I have to admit I sneer at the ‘Always’ and doe merchandise. He would hate that, wouldn’t he? Many of us loved him when he was just the dour Potions Master, because we could see that there was something going on underneath (why would he hate them so much yet protect them so fiercely?), because we admired his intelligence, because we thought his sardonic remarks were funny. We loved and believed in him without proof. I struggle to accept those who needed proof. Again, it’s my own selfishness and arrogance. I’m glad (for him) that his true alliance was revealed in such a beautiful way.
Some of my readers have pointed out that they read the books straight through because they are a bit younger, and because of that never had a chance to ‘believe in’ Snape before they uncovered truth. This is an excellent point! Thank you for making me aware of it and putting up with my curmudgeon ways.
Thank you for indulging my Ravenclaw curiousity! Please write your thoughts, below, too. I am really interested in what fans of this ship in particular feel about Deathly Hallows.